If you use a separate external microphone it works fine.
Stanley A. Watkins, Amazon
16 March 2015
Summary: I bought 3 of these. On all 3 the built-in microphone was not properly isolated from the recorder mechanical noise. The noise comes through too loud on recording. If you use a separate external microphone it works fine.
Summary: This is an okay recorder for occasional use. But the sound reproduction isn't all that clear so if you need it for extended recording or listening, spend a few more dollars and go for a Pansonic or Sony.
Summary: Although it's pretty easy to use, this cassette recorder isn't very sturdy. I bought it for my wife to use while writing songs on her guitar. Sometimes she wants to listen to a song to remember how she played it the first time.
Summary: This is an excellent little recorder if you actually record with it and only playback what you have recorded. When I attempted to play pre-recorded tapes, the speed was either too fast or too slow, depending on which speed I selected.
Summary: The retailer got me exactly what I paid for, in a timely fashion. No problem there. As soon as I got it I popped in some good batteries and a good tape. Plugged in the earphones and pressed "Play". Wow - what a bunch of wow. Do you remember what wow is in a tape player - this things got it bad.
Summary: I had my doubts at first, but after I received it I have nothing but good things to say about it. It is everything that they said it would be. If I had to, I would order it again . Thanks Dianne
Summary: I still use cassettes, obviously, and I like the small player/recorders, which also have their own speaker. This product is well built and durable. It plays well and has auto-shutoff in play mode, though, as would be expected, not in rewind or fast forward modes.